Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Monday, March 07, 2005

Minister querried on reinstated seniors allowance. 

John Clark
14815 – 123 Ave
Edmonton, AB
T5L 2Y7

March 4, 2005.

The Honorable Minister Yvonne Fritz
Edmonton, AB

I have received a reply through Alberta Connects the spring budget will carry a restoration in part the eye glass and dental coverage withheld from seniors in '93.

This same message indicates such benefits will be income dependent.

This being said, will such a program include spousal incomes in the calculations?

There is presently a huge move across Alberta where seniors of lifetime experience in successful marriage are forced to legally seperate or divorce in order for the senior to receive decent benefits. This could be overcome in part by the income of the senior in question being the only income considered.

Is there going to be anything in this budget which will alleviate this problem? Will incomes be considered for the senior claimant or will the claimant have to include spousal income into the calculations?

Yours truly,

John Clark

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